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Slalom Skiers Tackle the Gates

<p>Mario Matt of Austria became the oldest Alpine champion in Olympic history at 34.</p>
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Mario Matt of Austria clears a gate during the second run of the Men's Slalom race Saturday at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center. Matt was a surprise winner as he became the oldest Alpine champion in Olympic history, at 34, edging pre-race favorite and teammate Marcel Hirscher. KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / EPA

Mario Matt of Austria, above, clears a gate during the second run of the Men's Slalom race Saturday at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center. Matt was a surprise winner as he became the oldest Alpine champion in Olympic history, at 34, edging pre-race favorite and teammate Marcel Hirscher.

Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway clears a gate during the Men's Slalom.Clive Rose / Getty Images
Ted Ligety of the U.S. skis during the first run of the men's slalom. Ligety crashed on the second run.Luca Bruno / AP